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Alex Jones: 'Rickshaw challenge nearly broke Matt'

Alex Jones: 'Rickshaw challenge nearly broke Matt'
Alex Jones: 'Rickshaw challenge nearly broke Matt' (Image credit: PA)

Alex Jones has revealed her One Show co-host Matt Baker was almost left a broken man after his Rickshaw Challenge for Children In Need. Matt raised over £1 million last year cycling almost 500 miles from Edinburgh to London on a rickshaw in just eight days, getting lonely and exhausted along the way. But this year Matt is going to have company on the road as he mentors a team of six incredible youngsters, who have all been helped by Children In Need, as they attempt to ride a rickshaw relay for 411 miles from North Wales to London, in a bid to raise even more money for the charity. Alex said: "Last year, Matt did a huge Rickshaw Challenge. It nearly broke him, it was really, really difficult, but he did raise £1.9 million for Children In Need which is brilliant. "It was a very lonely process for Matt, but it's more a feeling of team spirit this time, and we've got lots of experts looking after them, they've been trained properly and we're know they're up to it. It's still a mammoth task, but I think it's really going to pull them together and make them extremely close friends. They're all equally committed to doing it." Matt and Alex will support the team when they set off from Llandudno on Friday November 9, and aim to arrive in The One Show studio in time for the BBC Children In Need Special on Friday November 16 on BBC One. The team is made up of Darren, 17, from County Durham, who is partially sighted, James, 18, from Kent who has been a young carer for his mother, brother and sister since he was very young and 16-year-old Jack, from Essex who had a kidney transplant when he was four years old. They will be joined by Jamila, 18, from London, who works as a volunteer to help young people resist gang culture, Ciaran, 17, from Port Talbot, who was born with cerebral palsy and 18-year-old Lauren who was hit by a car when she was 11 and has since had to learn to breathe, walk, talk and eat all over again. Alex said: "They're absolute characters, they're such fun and I think they'll capture the heart of the nation. "For example, Lauren had a car crash when she was 11 and has not been able to ride a bike since. She's had to learn everything from scratch. She's having to relearn how to ride a bike, let alone how to ride a rickshaw for over 50 miles!"